TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Revivals

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Richard Wagner
1813 - 1883
Story in three acts
Libretto by the composer, after Tristan by Gottfried von Straßburg
First performed June 10th 1865, Hoftheater Munich

Sung in German with surtitles
Duration: c. 5 1/4 hrs. incl. two intervals
For the last time!


About the Piece

In 1854, beginning work on Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner wrote to Franz Liszt saying: »Because I... in life, have nev ...
In 1854, beginning work on Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner wrote to Franz Liszt saying: »Because I... in life, have never enjoyed the true happiness of love, I want to leave a monument to this most beautiful of all dreams... in which, from start to finish, love, for once, is satisfied.« Christof Nel turned what the composer described as the most beautiful of all dreams into something chilling. Tristan and Isolde seem not to make eye contact - both have been traumatised by their terrible, shared past, which paralyzes them but also draws them together like a powerful magnet. Can love develop in an environment of guilt and shock? Richard Wagner described the mood in his opera as being somewhere between »a powerful yearning for bliss and the longing for all deciding death«. »Slow and languishing« is written above the Tristan chord, spread out in a thickly polyphonic score, one of the pinacles in Richard Wagner’s output that is so unambiguous that it is still the subject for discussion today.

Synopsis

Tristan killed Morold in the final battle between Cornwall and Ireland, and sent his severed head to Isolde, Morold’s betrothed. T ...
Tristan killed Morold in the final battle between Cornwall and Ireland, and sent his severed head to Isolde, Morold’s betrothed. Tristan, badly wounded and calling himself „Tantris“ was taken to Ireland and brought to Isolde, in the hope that her healing powers might save his life. She nursed him. Even though she realised it was he who killed Morold she cannot bring herself to take revenge.
ACT I: Isolde and her servant Brangäne are travelling on a ship to Cornwall, where Isolde is to marry King Marke. Isolde believes that she can only be at peace if both she and Tristan die and orders Brangäne to prepare a poison, which in her anguish, she replaces with a love potion.Tristan and Isolde immediately fall in love, oblivious to the imminent arrival of King Marke.
ACT II: The lovers have planned to meet secretly at night. Brangäne warns Isolde, in vain, that Melot, one of the King’s followers, is plotting against Tristan. Isolde puts out the lights, the signal that it is safe for Tristan to come to her. Brangäne will keep watch outside. The lovers forget about the outside world. Marke and Melot barge their way in. Melot has betrayed Tristan. Tristan challenges Melot to a dual and is wounded by his sword.
ACT III: Kurwenal has brought the dying Tristan home to Kareol, where Tristan vacillates between longing for death the need to see Isolde again. Her ship is seen at last but she is too late. In his excitement the bandages rip from his wound and he dies. A second ship arrives bringing King Marke, Melot and Brangäne. Kurwenal, Tristan’s faithful squire, kills Melot but is mortally wounded. Brangäne had told the King about the potion she had given the lovers to drink. He wants to forgive Isolde but she is oblivious to all around her. She now feels united with Tristan in a sphere of spiritual existence. For her Tristan is only now truly alive, as she is for him.
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Monday 21.04.2014 17:00 h

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Cast

Conductor
Stefan Blunier
Director
Christof Nel
Scenic Analysis
Martina Jochem
Assistant for the Revival
Orest Tichonov
Stage Designer
Jens Kilian
Costume Designer
Margit Koppendorfer
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Chorus Master
Matthias Köhler

Tristan
Lance Ryan
Isolde
Jennifer Wilson
Brangäne
Claudia Mahnke
Kurwenal
Simon Neal
König Marke
Andreas Bauer
Melot
Dietrich Volle
Ein Hirt
Michael McCown
Ein junger Seemann
Simon Bode
Ein Steuermann
Iurii Samoilov *

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